The Colorado State Judicial Branch released a formal announcement that Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender will retire January 7, 2014, on his 72nd birthday. The Colorado Constitution mandates that judicial officers retire by the age of 72.
As reported by Legal Connection, Justice Nancy Rice will become the new Chief Justice upon Justice Bender’s retirement. The Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission will meet on October 8 and 9 to select and interview nominees for the vacancy on the supreme court. Qualified applicants will be registered electors in the State of Colorado and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years.
Application forms are available from the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Bender, or on the State Judicial webpage. Applications must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on September 3, 2013. Any person wishing to suggest a candidate for the vacancy may do so by submitting a letter to any member of the nominating commission with a copy to the ex officio chair. Those letters must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on August 19, 2013.
Additional instructions for applications for appellate court vacancies can be found here, as can contact information for members of the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission.